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Archives: September 2011

Latino Rights Groups Want KFI’s John and Ken Fired

KFI’s John Kobylt and Kenneth Chiampou, better known as John and Ken, are a conservative lightning rod of controversy to say the very least.

But the radio shock jocks might have finally crossed the line after giving out the cellphone number on-air of Jorge-Mario Cabrera, an immigrant rights activist for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition is teaming up with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and the National Immigration Law Center in an effort to get KFI to fire John and Ken or face a boycott of the station’s sponsors.

Cabrera received more than 400 phone calls from people opposing the California Dream Act, which would make state financial aid available to undocumented immigrants and out-of-state students attending state schools.

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The Entire Fox Sports Lawsuit Against the LA Dodgers

Fox Sports filed a lawsuit Tuesday evening against the Los Angeles Dodgers to prevent a proposed sale of the team’s television rights.

Owner Frank McCourt proposed a media rights auction earlier this month in an attempt to raise enough money to keep the franchise. Fox Sports holds the Dodgers’ broadcast rights through the 2013 season.

Above is the entire lawsuit filed by Fox Sports in Delaware bankruptcy court.

Sunday’s Chargers-Dolphins Game Blacked Out

Sunday’s home game between the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins will be blacked out locally because of 6,500 unsold tickets, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com

League rules require all home games to be sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff or else they’re blacked out within a 75-mile radius of the stadium.

KCBS will show the Oakland Raiders-New England Patriots game at 1 p.m instead.

Fans in Southern California can watch the game starting at midnight Sunday on NFL.com.

Kardashian Takeover | Sing It Peace | Caught Napping

  • TVNewser: The entire Kardashian clan is going to be co-hosting the “Today” show next week. If you think this is below “Today” standards, you haven’t watched the show.
  • FishbowlLA: Because anything Metta World Peace does is link worthy, here’s his idea for a Lakers theme song.
  • TVSpy: An anchor is caught sleeping on the air. We have to admit, he does recover nicely after he’s finally roused from his slumber.

Entertainment News Program HOLLYSCOOP Goes National

In the LA TV market, half-hour entertainment news show HOLLYSCOOP has a very tough Saturday time slot. They’re on at 11:30pm on KCOP, opposite Saturday Night Live.

But the good news is that the show repeats at the same time Sunday, when DVRs across the basin should be much more widely available. And now, thanks to an impressive new push into national syndication, many more stations are carrying the program co-hosted by HOLLYSCOOP co-founder Diana Madison and Brian Corsetti, who has previously done work for FOX Sports and CBS Sports.

In the two other major U.S. markets, HOLLYSCOOP can be found at 1:30 a.m. Sundays in New York on WLNY and 12:30 a.m. Saturdays in Chicago on WPWR. Madison, after working on the production side for Entertainment Tonight and The Insider, launched HOLLYSCOOP as a blog and watched it explode once streaming red carpet coverage was added.

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Ashton Kutcher’s Two and a Half Men Debut Wins Week

The buzz surrounding Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men was enough to catapult it to number one for the week.

The season premiere of the CBS comedy had an estimated 1.9 million New York viewers and a 9.7 rating, according to Nielsen.

WCBS held down second place, thanks to the New York Jets game in Oakland (1.4 million/7.2).

Channel 2 also scored with the season premiere of 60 Minutes, which featured a profile of NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly. The venerable newsmagazine tied for number four (1.2 million/6.4).

The Emmy-winning Modern Family nailed down third and fourth position with an average 1.3 million WABC viewers and a 6.5 rating.  

Channel 7 viewers welcomed Dancing With The Stars. The two-hour season premiere landed at number six (1.2 million/6.2). The Tuesday night result show had an eighth-place finish (1.1 million/5.4).

More from the Top 10 after the jump

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Harper’s Bazaar Adds to Sales and Marketing Team

Harper’s Bazaar has added a slew of new staffers to its sales and marketing team. Michael Krans, formerly of Details, is now Advertising Director, Fashion & Luxury at Harper’s BazaarConnie Livsey comes from Bon Appétit and is now Advertising Director, Beauty & Lifestyle. Ronnie Shankland is the magazine’s new Integrated Marketing Director.  Shankland was most recently with Newsweek/The Daily Beast.

Esther Levy-Raphael comes from Good Housekeeping, and is Harper’s Bazaar’s new Director, Programs and Partnerships. Erin Pollard, most recently with Modern Luxury Media, is now Account Director, American Fashion and Retail. Sam Griffin is the magazine’s new Creative Services Director. Griffin, like Livsey, comes to Harper’s Bazaar from Bon Appétit.

Former WPIX Reporter Lolita Lopez Joins KNBC

We have more details on the West Coast plans for Lolita Lopez. The WPIX/Channel 11 veteran has been named a general assignment reporter with KNBC in Los Angeles. Our sister site TVSpy reports that Lopez’s first day is October 10.

Lopez, as we reported earlier this week, was relieved of her WPIX contract for the KNBC opportunity.

TVSpy has more on the story, including comments from Lopez’s new boss, Vickie Burns, KNBC VP of News.

ABC7 Reporter Shares ‘Stalker’ Career Secrets

Here’s yet another confirmation from community newspaper The Acorn that if someone knows from an early age exactly what they want to do when they grow up—and focuses intently on that goal—it can all happen like clockwork.

In 2005, Elex Michaelson (pictured) graduated from Agoura High School and moved on to USC, where he was eventually able to get into Annenberg journalism school. As the ABC7 reporter recently told students at his old high school, he quickly learned first-hand the value of pounding the pavement:

Though a classmate’s father, Josh Kaplan, was the executive producer of KTTV’s Good Day LA, Michaelson was surprised to discover he was not a shoe-in for an internship position on the show. Kaplan didn’t return Michaelson’s calls or emails. But Michaelson persevered in his quest to meet with Kaplan.

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The Week Continues to Rise

The Week, which was founded in the UK back in 1995, is doing its best Beatles imitation. Much like the Fab Four, the magazine came stateside and has been a hit ever since. And just like the Beatles, as time goes on, The Week’s popularity only increases. It made a $4 million profit last year and it was among the top weeklies during the first half of this year.

According to min, next year will be another bright one for The Week, because it’s increasing its rate base from 510,000 to 525,000. The Week’s President, Steven Kotok, says that readers drive its success:

Our number one source of new subscriptions is our current subscribers turning on their friends, families, and colleagues to The Week. Not only is this a rewarding validation of our efforts editorially, but The Week‘s subscribers know better than any computer model or mailing list who else will enjoy [our] sophisticated blend of multiple perspectives. And their evangelism of our editorial product doesn’t just drive The Week‘s growth, but it is the most cost-effective way to gain new subscribers in the business and contributes to [our] ongoing strength.

In other words, The Week gets by with a little help from its friends. Or The Week has come together because of reader loyalty. Oh! Try this: For The Week, it’s getting better all the time. Alright, we’ll stop. No need to twist and shout.

Sorry.

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